Space, Time, and Objects

Rick Grush

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199891993 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Space, Time, and Objects

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This article outlines a unified information processing framework whose goal is to explain how the nervous system represents space, time, and objects. It explains the concept of the emulation theory of representation and describes an extension of the emulation framework for temporal representation. It discusses Alexandre Pouget's basis function model of spatial representation and describes how to combine the basis function model of spatial representation with the trajectory emulation model of temporal representation to yield an information processing framework that genuinely represents behavioral spatiotemporal trajectories of behavioral objects.

Keywords: information processing network; nervous system; space; time; objects; emulation theory; Alexandre Pouget; temporal representation; spatial representation; behavioral objects

Article.  16758 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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